Xyp9x: "We just outprepared Liquid today"

Professeur
September 23rd, 2018 01:25

In our post-match interview with Andreas "Xyp9x" Højsleth, we learned what enabled Astralis's dominant performance and how the team is feeling going into the Major grand final.

After suffering a loss to Liquid in the group stage, which stopped the Danish side's winning streak over Nick "nitr0" Cannella and co., Astralis settled the score in the semi-final of the FACEIT London Major, beating them 2-0.

Not allowing their Nuke to deteriorate has been a focus point for Astralis

In the aftermath of the match, we sat down with Xyp9x in the team's practice booth, cleared out the Thai food leftovers and dug into the Liquid match, Nuke, and the final against Natus Vincere.

Nuke started pretty wildly, three force buy wins right at the start, a lot of force buys won overall, a lot of clutches. Tell me about that chaotic start to Nuke and you in the end establishing a good T-side.

Yeah, I felt like we always had the upper hand in the rounds and we knew what they were doing, basically. We actually thought that because they let us pick Nuke, they would be prepared a lot on it a lot, but it didn't really change that much, to be honest. Also, I think that it came down to really tight rounds, and of course we had some luck in those rounds, but I never felt like we lost the rounds or we couldn't come back, we were always in pretty good positions I would say. So yeah, it was chaotic, and I think we also did mistakes as well, I think we could've won more rounds as T, at least.

So you continue your undefeated streak on Nuke with this roster. I want to talk about actually practicing that map, obviously it is one that a lot of teams don't play at all and you've been so good on it so I guess it feels like, perhaps, you shouldn't practice it that much. So what is your approach to practicing Nuke, adapting and getting new stuff on the map?

Yeah, we did this mistake once, not practicing the map we are good on. I don't think that is the way you should do it because suddenly you come in a situation where you play this map and you can't even remember your nades and do proper stuff because you forgot all of the things. We tend to keep every map in the rotation when we practice, and of course, sometimes we have more emphasis on other maps. I think for this Nuke game we also showed some new stuff and we've been practicing it here at the Major as well because we knew that we would maybe face Liquid later. It is just about maintaining a good map cycle and that is done not just by playing the maps you are bad on, it is also about keeping up with the good ones.

You mentioned that it was a mistake you did earlier, was that in the previous Astralis roster? Can you tell us when it was?

Yeah, it was our Overpass, I think we were just too strong on it, we also had a streak on it back then, and suddenly we couldn't do proper nades, we forgot all of them and stuff like that. It happens to every team, and I think we also gained a lot on other maps at that time, which was obviously great. And that was also in a period during which we were not performing really well.

You touched on preparing for the map because of Liquid, but also it could come up in the final, most likely will knowing that Na`Vi ban Cache all the time, their coach also tweeted that they are ready to stop your streak on Nuke. So do you think that with that obvious pick you have a very big advantage in the map pool going in against Na`Vi?

I think we have a strong map pool so of course, we are going to have a good map pool against them as well. And especially because they ban Cache which isn't the map we like the most. I say this (laughs), but maybe they will not ban Cache tomorrow. Let's see what happens, I won't say too much about the veto.

Mirage started with Magisk's ace in the pistol round, but what was interesting to see that you had a four-man stack on B, and they went B. Was that an obvious anti-strat, how were you so confident in having four on B in the pistol round?

Mirage and stacking in pistol rounds is what every team does, I feel like. So it is not unusual to see a stack like this, I feel. Yeah, it was based on what they did previously and what they would think of, but it is all mind games, it was the same when we were T. We stacked right and it paid off.

Yesterday dupreeh said that this was going to be the best match of the tournament, but he was obviously lying since it wasn't that interesting. But how come it was this dominant? Do you think that the comeback attempt you made on Inferno in the group stage was key to having good confidence going into this, not allowing Liquid to have the confidence to play against you?

I definitely think it took something from them that we came back, obviously. They must've been thinking "We let this slip away", "What about Inferno, can we play this against them" and stuff like that. But I just think that this semi-final showed that we are right now the best team at preparing for games, Liquid is a team that prepares a lot and I think that we just outprepared them today. It showed in our game, in our calling, how we rotated around the map and stuff like that.

Potential second Major win for you, are you ready to win it and establish the Astralis era?

Of course, we are ready. We will see what happens tomorrow and then, of course, if we win, I hope that this will prove that our legacy is worth something

United States Nick 'nitr0' Cannella
Nick 'nitr0' Cannella
Age:
23
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.02
Maps played:
1013
KPR:
0.70
DPR:
0.67
APR:
0.15
Denmark Andreas 'Xyp9x' Højsleth
Andreas 'Xyp9x' Højsleth
Age:
23
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.04
Maps played:
1438
KPR:
0.67
DPR:
0.61
APR:
0.17
EU > NA EU always better than NA
2018-09-23 01:26
Should be obvious.
2018-09-23 01:27
#6
smooya | 
United Kingdom Porking 
Ez
2018-09-23 01:27
3 NA teams attend - 2 past group stage straight to semi's 13 EU teams attend - 4 past group stage
2018-09-23 01:30
Yep
2018-09-23 01:31
#17
f0rest | 
Portugal ruskije 
complexity was a fluke lol
2018-09-23 01:31
lmao NiP flair speaking on flukes
2018-09-23 01:32
#22
f0rest | 
Portugal ruskije 
how tf is NiP a fluke
2018-09-23 01:33
He's retarded lol
2018-09-23 02:13
#54
f0rest | 
Portugal ruskije 
yeah I got that idea
2018-09-23 02:52
A NiP fan defending a NiP fan. How ironic. The team is still pure garbage, the fluke he’s talking about is the inferno match against astralis, the only match against a tier 1 team that NiP has won so far. If you deny it being a fluke and if you actually think NiP are anywhere close to tier 1 - you are, honestly, completely braindead.
2018-09-23 09:28
How was nip a fluke
2018-09-23 11:54
+9 That was the game of their lives..nip fans are so delusional just as fnatic. They had their times and we're fine with it , but once you say navi , liquid, astralis and faze are better they barking..
2018-09-23 13:34
#132
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France ^legit 
I think u re being a bit unfair, NiP is a new team with a new identity. Them beating astralis was a display of their peak (their usual lvl is below that). Give them a couple months and they could settle as top 6-7 tbh. Thats not an unrealsonable claim i feel, definitely some firepower on his squad.
2018-09-23 18:25
#77
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Denmark Xipingu 
CLG flair talking about flukes lmao
2018-09-23 08:13
#86
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Russia GramDEL 
+1
2018-09-23 09:21
+1
2018-09-23 09:30
+1
2018-09-23 10:18
+1
2018-09-23 11:54
+1
2018-09-23 14:16
#127
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Turkmenistan coolguy3 
CLG? What’s that?
2018-09-23 15:22
#130
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Denmark Xipingu 
Exactly.
2018-09-23 17:31
not EU fault that only 3 NA teams qualified xDDDD
2018-09-23 01:32
Do the math. 2/3 > 4/13
2018-09-23 01:32
8 majors > 1 major do the math
2018-09-23 01:34
Were talking about current state of CS everyone knows NA had 0 competition against EU in the past. This major was to prove NA is catching up
2018-09-23 01:35
current state of CS = 2 EU teams in major final
2018-09-23 01:35
Current state of CS = NA competing. If it werent for Astralis Liquid would have taken this easily.
2018-09-23 01:36
impossible to say Faze would have beaten Liquid and Navi probably too
2018-09-23 01:37
No ? Liquid were in perfect form. FaZe and NaVi started off shaky. Check win percentages of Liquid v NaVi and you'll see
2018-09-23 01:39
Liquid played like shit today, Faze did much better and Navi will do better as well.
2018-09-23 01:41
I'd like to see Navi win this over Astralis, personally. In total I was hoping Complexity would come through with huge luck to pull off the biggest major upset in CS history
2018-09-23 01:42
I also hope Navi will win it all. S1mple deserves his major.
2018-09-23 01:44
#81
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Estonia swag420weed 
Gambit/C9 Was biggest Upset/fluke of csgo major history
2018-09-23 09:06
It's different to compere team stats from normal matches and matches on the stage in front of the crowd. And this is EU LAN. So most of fans cross their fingers to europian teams. Because of this fact EU team would probably win. Thats why NA won previous Major and in my opinion it wouldnt never happen if it was EU LAN.
2018-09-23 01:50
I can promise you that UK people probably did not cheer more for Navi then liquid, they dont like Russia.
2018-09-23 11:46
Or the rest of europe
2018-09-23 11:58
#52
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United States fatburger 
What? No lmao
2018-09-23 02:51
#80
gla1ve | 
Denmark kehlet 
Stfu man. Everything you write is really fucking retarded.
2018-09-23 08:49
#100
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Finland James Nelson 
, +1
2018-09-23 10:37
actually 1 EU and 1 CIS
2018-09-23 10:19
and CIS is not europe or what?
2018-09-23 15:21
well by Valve(?) these are other regions cuz e.g. Ukraine=Europe&CIS and Kazakhstan=Asia&CIS
2018-09-23 15:52
lol? CIS = europe with your logic: renegades = asian team
2018-09-23 19:26
well AU and ASIA qualifiers would be boring and some lvl 8 team could qualify lul
2018-09-23 19:56
you are right, if they keep up with this pace they might be on par with EU by 2020
2018-09-23 01:39
2019* Also, if SS keeps up this pace they'll be on par with US minimal wage pay for contracts by 2060
2018-09-23 01:41
I m fake flagging, and NA still has 1 good cs team.
2018-09-23 02:07
#59
ALEX | 
Sweden 444SEN 
LUL
2018-09-23 03:55
#101
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Finland James Nelson 
LUL SS would crush every NA team but liquid and maybe CoL
2018-09-23 10:38
well that's actually true
2018-09-23 19:57
Just compare EU MDL and NA MDL. Most NA MDL Teams wouldn't stand a change in EU MDL. The Scene in NA ist mostly trash because of overrotating players and shuffeling all the time. For most of NA MDL Teams even EU Main would be rough.
2018-09-23 14:18
#94
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Turkey 3mirhan 
LUL
2018-09-23 10:01
#87
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Russia GramDEL 
Do the math 13>3. And how many NA teams had a chance to qualify? 20?
2018-09-23 09:22
Where do you get 13 eu teams?
2018-09-23 09:19
Mibr Also cis teams Not 13 eu teams
2018-09-23 14:16
#14
fl0m | 
United States moshua 
Will this ever change? what can NA do to be at EUs level?
2018-09-23 01:31
- TACO + Cromen
2018-09-23 01:31
#38
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Netherlands Idioot 
Discipline
2018-09-23 01:44
+1 Liquid is full of young talent that just need discipline. Hopefully Zews can get them into shape for the next major and TACO will be replaced
2018-09-23 01:46
#49
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Belgium azertyuio 
Do not disband a team that just won the Major...You would actually have 2 very competitive teams instead of one if Stewie2K was not an idiot.
2018-09-23 02:17
#53
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United States fatburger 
+1 he is legitimately retarded
2018-09-23 02:52
#61
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Europe @Wonky 
I don’t know if you watched the interview where he said that after winning the major there were some teammates who weren’t very motivated beacause they had already reached their goal. That was what made stewie left to sk (mibr) in order to be in a competitive, disciplined and motivated team. Hope you have a great day
2018-09-23 04:13
#62
fl0m | 
United States moshua 
True but I get where he was coming from in saying it seemed like "some people" were less focused after the major win
2018-09-23 04:15
#51
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Poland hedyzpizdy 
Go to school ok
2018-09-23 02:29
#102
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Finland James Nelson 
Ban mcdonalds
2018-09-23 10:39
#69
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Canada PwnNewb 
Eastern EU>Western EU
2018-09-23 06:14
#2
kissa | 
Finland kissa 
true EDIT: This guy over me is freaking right. Look at his name!
2018-09-23 01:26
#3
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Bulgaria Jaganci 
Ye another day at the office
2018-09-23 01:26
3 NA teams attend - 2 NA teams past group stage 13 EU teams attend - 4 EU teams past group stage
2018-09-23 01:28
#8
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Denmark TurboHenning 
stfu fattie
2018-09-23 01:28
mad cuz true lelelelelelelle
2018-09-23 01:28
#44
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Denmark TurboHenning 
well, NA has 0 teams in final, so would you look at that mad cuz fat
2018-09-23 02:01
#11
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Algeria abdodz45 
And who is playing the final then
2018-09-23 01:30
Not anyone from Algeria
2018-09-23 01:31
#35
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Argentina W0LFy[RushB] 
Not anyone from USA
2018-09-23 01:42
I respect Danes. Its the other EU kids who coatride Danish CS and use them as an example for all of EU CS when in reality without Astralis Liquid would probably be the winner of this major.
2018-09-23 01:44
#41
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Argentina W0LFy[RushB] 
No problem bro, I was joking with u Good game, well played. Liquid is my second favourite team tbh
2018-09-23 01:46
#58
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Algeria abdodz45 
other EU kid? the rumors about US people being the dumbest people on earth is true after all, just so you know Algeria is in north Africa retarded
2018-09-23 03:35
Did I say you specifically? Obviously if you scroll up ive got into arguments with non-danish Europeans who hide behind Astralis. Check your country's average IQ then talk to me.
2018-09-23 04:32
It's funny how a single letter can change an entire statement so dramatically, right? He said "kids" not "kid." He was clearly not referring to you, specifically.
2018-09-23 06:24
#60
ALEX | 
Sweden 444SEN 
Na'Vi would of had a greater chance than liquid though? Arguably FaZe too?
2018-09-23 03:56
No?
2018-09-23 04:33
Liquid had a good run, but traditionally choke in the big games #columbussemifinal #colognefinal Mby comparable to faze but in the semifinal stage even teams like Nip, vp or mibr have better chances cuz they have proven to be able to handle the pressure. Liquid is more on the mousesports level. They just had a good tournament and mouse a bad one... Comp. and big shouldn’t have gone to quarters anyway, Nip and G2 are the better teams! Look how boring the first 2 quarters were, HR at least put up a fight
2018-09-23 05:23
That's not entirely accurate. Liquid's been reaching finals pretty consistently this year (when they didn't run into Astralis in the playoffs ahead of time). Liquid's problem isn't in playoffs so much as it's in finals. They literally never win them (CS Summit means like practically nothing really). That being said, if they played just about anyone other than Astralis in a final they'd have a realistic shot at winning. They are the mTw vs Na'Vi of 2018.
2018-09-23 06:28
#82
steel | 
New Zealand TEEZY 
would of had? wtf
2018-09-23 09:14
#103
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Finland James Nelson 
LUL looking at how liquid played and how navi played, navi would have crushed liquid
2018-09-23 10:43
#90
sergej | 
Poland Noxize 
0 NA teams in finals XDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDD
2018-09-23 09:32
I'm curious about your numbers. I assume that by 3 NA teams you mean Cloud9, Liquid and Complexity. Fine by me. But EU didn't have the rest of the teams attending, they had 11 teams in the group-stage even counting CIS (which I have no problem with, CIS is geographically part of Europe): SA and Asia had one team each. ----- Now, your comparison is not very useful, it's comparing two sets with very different data size. It's like if I shoot 2 arrows at a target and hit both times, I can claim a 100% hit rate, then my brother shoots 10 arrows at the same target and hits 7 of them, so claims a 70% hit rate. It's useless to compare ourselves. Or by that kind of comparison we can simply argue that my brother hit 7 arrows and I only hit 2, so he's better, just like EU qualified 5 teams and NA 2 teams. Useless comparisons either way.
2018-09-23 09:47
#117
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Switzerland Alzameister 
+1 You can compare the numbers of EU/NA teams qualifying from the major qualifier though since all teams come together in that part
2018-09-23 12:43
#5
WARDELL | 
United States DervGuy 
Clutch god
2018-09-23 01:26
Didn't lose a single 1v1 since the middle of June
2018-09-23 06:33
Is that actually true
2018-09-23 08:18
#107
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Denmark monroEski 
Can't be, that would be insane
2018-09-23 11:34
#116
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Denmark monroEski 
Holy macaroni
2018-09-23 12:33
Oh my good god.
2018-09-23 16:33
#13
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Italy CHEBBOxxx 
team liquid is our lil' bitch, and always will be. how's the record vs astralis? 3-30? xD
2018-09-23 01:31
Most people saying "EU > NA" and then you look at their flag and they're from some country with no representatives at the major lmao
2018-09-23 01:35
+1
2018-09-23 01:37
#56
cArn | 
Vietnam milandini 
What's kind of logic is that? How did that make any difference? Are the finalists not EU?
2018-09-23 03:09
#95
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Czech Republic marekkingx 
+1
2018-09-23 10:13
#134
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Japan PKcrash 
The logic is that other countries that have no scene in cs in EU just use danish cs and others to coatride off of their success. "Lul NA so bad" Yet there's not a single player from your country, you are just using that to convince yourself that your good just because of the EU continent / union. (both apply)
2018-09-23 18:35
So I can only support France in the World Cup if I'm French? I can not say that other teams were bad because my country couldn't make it to they World Cup?
2018-09-26 22:00
#67
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Turkey Lycanthropeee 
Eu>na
2018-09-23 05:46
#104
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Finland James Nelson 
We in Eu are together. We are citizens of european union. So everyone who is in european union can take pride in Astralis.
2018-09-23 10:45
Citisens of europe not E.U.
2018-09-23 12:01
#115
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Belgium 69Savage 
+1
2018-09-23 12:11
I salute your flair! Too few people i Karrigans corner these days..
2018-09-23 15:16
#118
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Switzerland Alzameister 
its a fact, im from switzerland but still say canada > switzerland in ice hockey because it is a fact
2018-09-23 12:46
#27
STYKO | 
Canada kyzradaM 
Ok
2018-09-23 01:35
Well spoken Clutch King numba wan.
2018-09-23 01:50
Liquids are not ready for the final yet
2018-09-23 02:08
na cs meme not dead yet, still hanging on for dear life
2018-09-23 02:11
Hands down to Astralis: those guys are kings and seen to be light years above all the other pro CS teams... Whats the reason for that? I don´t believe those guys train much harder than other teams, and i don´t believe their communication is much better either...So what´s the deal about Astralis? I think they discovered some kinda special way of playing together, something the other pros haven´t discovered yet, maybe a simple thing that makes they seen invencible now, that´s the point... If you know a secret no one else knows, you have a big advantage, and that´s what i think it´s happening now... Once the other pros discover this secret, i think their domination will come to an end...
2018-09-23 02:23
#55
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Australia t0rrent 
It's not a secret that they have great teamplay, they're #1 because they have the great teamplay, strategy and individual skill. Other world class teams have only mastered at least 2 of these fields
2018-09-23 03:04
#105
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Philippines gicama_ 
+9999
2018-09-23 10:49
#106
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Philippines gicama_ 
I think liquid also have these 3 just not on astralis’ level yet hope they get there one day though
2018-09-23 10:51
#57
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France Dov 
I had the same feeling about old sk (mibr), like every move, decision, timing, skill, team play etc seemed perfect. But fnatic domination was just cheat imo (early days of csgo) and no real contenders
2018-09-23 03:27
lmao 2015-early 2016 weren't the "early days of csgo"
2018-09-23 08:27
#83
steel | 
New Zealand TEEZY 
+1
2018-09-23 09:16
" I don´t believe those guys train much harder than other teams, and i don´t believe their communication is much better either" Why don't you believe that?
2018-09-23 04:28
All of those guys are professionals... I can´t imagine Fallen having fun at a disco, or at the beach, few days before an important match of MIBR: all of these pro train very hard, and have improved communication to top level... The fact is that Astralis got it all: they have discovered or developed something that no one other than them know ATM...
2018-09-23 06:47
Astralis is a much more professional organisation, now while that not may have a direct effect on the ing result, I think it plays a overall part that sets a higher standard for pro teams which no organisation is close to match
2018-09-23 08:00
#124
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India Fukuforsaken 
To the stars...
2018-09-23 15:15
Enjoy and support for good cs instead of arguing who’s better like na eu stuff.
2018-09-23 06:06
ez pick ums
2018-09-23 06:32
#84
steel | 
New Zealand TEEZY 
yes, ez pick ums
2018-09-23 09:17
#91
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Romania Razveclipse 
As always, Europe it's better than North America. That danish team is way better prepared than Liquid. Great have two european teams in the grand final.
2018-09-23 09:38
#93
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Turkey Aeon6002 
yes, ez pick ums
2018-09-23 09:51
#98
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Philippines gicama_ 
I was awake til 6 in the morning to watch my fave team get tactically outclassed FeelsBadman WP to astralis for another master class of a match
2018-09-23 10:27
Let´s go bois wp and lets bring the 2nd major home for the Danes
2018-09-23 10:35
#120
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United States mineturte 
If Astralis win this major it will go down in history as the most boring major ever
2018-09-23 13:52
" they would be prepared a lot on it a lot,"
2018-09-23 18:14
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2018-09-23 18:27
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